‘I hate these photos’ – Fans react to badly-lit pictures of Simone Biles

Novieku Babatunde Adeola Jul 13, 2020 at 12:00pm

July 13, 2020 at 12:00 pm | News

Novieku Babatunde Adeola

Novieku Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

July 13, 2020 at 12:00 pm | News

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Fans of Olympic gold medalist, Simone Biles, have reacted to badly-lit images of the 23-year-old on the cover of Vogue Magazine’s August issue. New York Times national picture editor, Morrigan McCarthy, believes the pictures did a disservice to the gymnast due to the dull background.

In a tweet, McCarthy said: “I adore Simone Biles and am thrilled she’s on this cover…but I hate these photos.”

“I hate the toning, I hate how predictable they are, I hate the social crop here and I super hate that Vogue couldn’t be bothered to hire a black photographer.”

While the criticism heightened, many also defended the photographer, Annie Leibovitz.

The no-holds-barred interview covered the postponed Olympics, her training during the Covid-19 pandemic, and overcoming abuse at a young age.

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Photo: Vogue

Biles told Vogue she was inspired by Gabby Douglas during the 2012 Olympics.

“Growing up, I didn’t see very many Black gymnasts.”

“So whenever I did, I felt really inspired to go out there and want to be as good as them. I remember watching Gabby Douglas win the 2012 Olympics, and I was like, ‘If she can do it, I can do it.'”

Biles who plans to retire after the 2021 Olympics has a combine total of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals.

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Photo: Vogue

She is the most decorated American gymnast and the world’s third most decorated gymnast, behind Belarus’ Vitaly Scherbo with 33 medals and Russia’s Larisa Latynina with 32 medals.

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